During our camping trip over Memorial Day weekend, we took some time to do some exploring in the area. Stevenson, WA is usually one of those places we pass through on our way to somewhere else. This time we had some time to do some visiting.
There’s a nice waterfront park along the Columbia River. Right across the railroad tracks is Walking Man Brewing. They’re known for their Walking Man IPA and other wonderful microbrews.
There’s also a pier where steam ships landed in the past. The Queen of the West still lands there during a yearly Smithsonian trip that travels the Columbia River from Astoria, OR all the way to Lewiston, ID.
At the fair grounds there is a nice park with a play area for kids, a walking path, interpretive signs, and fishing in a lake. This trolley must run during fair time.
We took a drive up the river and stopped in Carson to do some antiquing and a visit to the Carson Mineral Hot Springs. The Hotel St. Martin was built in 1901 and the bath houses completed shortly after that. The place seems to be in a bit of flux. I heard that the place was bought by an overseas company a few years ago and it went downhill. It was recently bought by the Bonneville Hot Springs folks, and it looks like things are under construction there.
From Carson we headed over to Bingen, WA (pronounced with a hard g like ginger). We stopped at a couple of shops before heading up the hill to White Salmon.
White Salmon is a cute little town, but most of the shops were closed on Sunday. I’d like to go back and visit again sometime.